A hearse carrying the stays of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter Valeria, migrants who drowned within the Rio Grande river throughout their journey to the U.S., is pictured in La Hachadura crossing level close to San Francisco Menendez, El Salvador, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
LA HACHADURA, El Salvador (Reuters) – The corpses of a Salvadoran father and his 23-month-old daughter, whose our bodies mendacity face down within the Rio Grande turned symbols of the perils of unlawful immigration to the USA, have been returned to their homeland on Sunday.
A stark picture of the useless Oscar Martinez, 25, and his daughter Angie Valeria floating close to the financial institution of the river ignited recent criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump’s robust insurance policies on undocumented migrants getting into the USA by way of Mexico.
Martinez and his household had left El Salvador in April, hoping to seek out work in the USA. However their dream unraveled final Sunday once they tried to cross the river that separates northeast Mexico from the USA.
Touring in a convoy of presidency automobiles and white vans from a funeral dwelling, the our bodies of the drowned migrants left Mexico for El Salvador, the place they’re because of be buried on Monday. Inside Minister Mario Duran accompanied the stays however didn’t converse to reporters.
Amid a big police presence, Reuters noticed the convoy getting into El Salvador at round eight:19 a.m. native time by the border crossing of La Hachadura on the frontier with Guatemala.
The household will maintain a non-public funeral service in La Bermeja cemetery in San Salvador on Monday.
The searing picture of the susceptible Martinez with the toddler tucked beneath his black t-shirt has drawn comparisons to a 2015 picture of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian refugee, whose physique washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Reporting by Nelson Renteria; Modifying by Dave Graham and Sandra Maler